All Safety News – Page 2

  • Sir Stephen Hillier-c-CAA

    How the RAF’s former chief intends to marshal a post-Brexit CAA


    While the UK’s decision to leave EASA remains a source of contention, the CAA’s new chair Sir Stephen Hillier is determined that the agency can rise to the challenge and demonstrate its status as a “world-class regulator”.

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    An-124 operators to conduct disc inspections after November engine failure


    Ukrainian authorities have ordered detailed inspection of the fan discs on Ivchenko-Progress D-18T engines, following the destructive powerplant failure involving an Antonov An-124 last November. The state aviation administration says preliminary investigation results show the fan disc was the “source” of the failure at Novosibirsk, which resulted in multiple ...

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    Swiss A220 engine shutdown traced to leak from unmodified oil cooler


    Investigators have determined that a Swiss Airbus A220-100 engine shutdown during climb out of Paris was triggered by a faulty seal leading to a loss of oil pressure. The aircraft (HB-JBC) was en route to Zurich from Paris Charles de Gaulle and climbing through 22,000ft. Swiss investigation authority ...

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    EASA recommends 48-72h post-vaccination pause for aircrew


    European safety regulators are advising aircrew to wait at least 48h, and up to 72h for single-crew operations, before engaging in flight-related tasks after being vaccinated against Covid-19. The precautionary measure arises from uncertainty as to whether in-flight conditions at cruise altitudes – including lower air pressure and the ...

  • MC-21 Arkhangelsk-c-Irkut

    MC-21 transferred to northern Russia for natural icing test flights


    One of the Irkut MC-21-300 test aircraft has been flown to Arkhangelsk in northern Russia to undergo natural icing certification tests. The aircraft, number 73051, is the same jet that was involved in a runway excursion at Moscow Zhukovsky in January while it was performing simulated single-engine approaches. ...

  • SAS

    Pilot strike does not free SAS from compensation obligation: court


    Scandinavian carrier SAS has lost a European court judgement over passenger compensation in the event of a strike by airline personnel, after a ruling that valid industrial action does not qualify as extraordinary circumstances. The European Court of Justice ruling contradicts a previous finding by Swedish consumer disputes board ...

  • E195-E2 title-c-Embraer

    E195-E2 engine software upgrade ordered after A220 failure incidents


    Operators of Embraer 195-E2 twinjets have been instructed to upgrade electronic engine-control software following inquiries into rotor disc failures on Airbus A220s. Both aircraft types use Pratt Whitney geared-fan engines, and the architecture of the PW1900G powerplant on the E195-E2 is similar to that of the A220’s ...

  • Boeing B17-G crash Hartford 2019

    NTSB urges tighter oversight of some passenger-carrying general aviation flights


    Following several deadly accidents in recent years, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to tighten oversight of certain passenger flights conducted under general aviation rules.

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    Satcom radome vibrations prompt A220 ELT antenna checks


    Airbus A220 operators are being instructed to check and replace emergency locator transmitter antennas, after incidents in which vortices from a communications radome generated vibrations resulting in antenna failure. One of the incidents resulted in the antenna separating from the aircraft and striking the vertical fin. Investigations have ...

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    Zig-zag microrelief on wings could reduce stall risk


    Russian researchers are testing a wing surface modification with vortex generators aimed at reducing the risk of airflow separation and stall at high angles of attack. The work is being conducted at Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute and centres on surface microrelief featuring a zig-zag of vortex generators manufactured from ...

  • SSJ evac trainer-c-Sukhoi

    EASA rejects Superjet door directive over ‘twisted slides’ concern


    Sukhoi Superjet 100s will not be permitted to operate in Europe if power-assist systems for their exits have been de-activated, following concerns that evacuation could be hampered by flight attendants’ inability to open doors quickly. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has chosen not to adopt a series of ...

  • Iceland volcano title-c-IMO

    Icelandair unconcerned after volcano erupts near Keflavik hub


    Icelandair believes a volcanic eruption which commenced near Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport will have only a limited effect on the flag-carrier’s operations. The eruption is close to the Fagradalsfjall peak some 20km south-east of the airport, which serves as Icelandair’s hub. According to the Icelandic Met Office it began ...

  • UIA 737 winglet debris-c-Iran CAO

    Did departure delays conspire to single-out shot-down 737?


    One hazy aspect of last year’s fatal Iranian missile attack on a Boeing 737-800 centres on the circumstances through which the aircraft was singled out when other flights were also operating from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport. The Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation, which investigated the 8 January attack on Ukraine ...

  • UIA 737 crash in Iran

    Canada’s TSB chief faults Iran’s 737 shoot-down report


    The head of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has taken the unusual step of criticising Iran’s conclusions into the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752. 

  • Iran screens title-c-Iran CAO

    UIA 737 shootdown: Simulation supported air defence ‘misalignment’ theory


    Judicial investigators carried out a simulation of the air defence system error which, according to an Iranian inquiry, led to the missile launch that destroyed a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Tehran. Two air defence units were placed at the same location as the one involved in the ...

  • UIA 737 fin-c-Iran CAO

    Extent of initial missile damage to shot-down 737 remains unclear


    Few details on the immediate effect of an Iranian surface-to-air missile strike that brought down a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 over Tehran have emerged in the investigators’ final analysis. Although the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation has published the flight-data recorder traces from the Ukraine International Airlines jet, shot down on ...

  • UIA 737-c-Iranian CAO

    Ukraine sharply criticises Iranian findings over 737 shootdown


    Ukrainian authorities submitted dozens of comments to Iranian investigators, many highly critical, regarding multiple aspects of the inquiry into last year’s fatal missile attack on a Boeing 737-800 shortly after take-off from Tehran. The Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation has formally attributed the destruction of flight PS752 to the misidentification ...

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    Nigeria’s Azman told to suspend 737 operations for safety audit


    Nigerian carrier Azman Air has been ordered to suspend Boeing 737 operations in order to undergo a safety audit. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says the measure – which takes effect from 15 March – affects all 737s across the airline’s fleet. It states that the decision follows ...

  • Utair 737 gear collapse-c-Interstate Aviation Committee

    Snow-strike 737 crew did not correct altitude for low temperature


    Investigators probing a Boeing 737-500’s below-glidepath approach to Usinsk, before the jet struck a snow bank upon landing, have revealed that the crew did not correct the altitude for the freezing air temperature. The Utair jet struck the 1.1m bank of snow, located 32m before the runway, after arriving ...

  • An-26-c-Kazakhstan ministry of defence

    Fatalities as military An-26 crashes near Almaty


    Kazakhstan’s government has disclosed that four fatalities resulted from a military Antonov An-26 accident at Almaty on 13 March. Radar contact with the aircraft, operating from the capital Nur-Sultan, was lost at 17:22 according to the country’s ministry of emergency situations. The An-26 came down near Almaty airport, ...